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Concerning public employer collection and remission of dues and other amounts on behalf of labor organizations (Braun)

Sec. 2:
(1) A public employer that collects and remits dues and other amounts on behalf of a labor organization may retain up to five percent of the amount collected to offset the cost of administration.
(2)(a) The office of financial management shall establish the amount retained by state agencies under subsection of this section. The rate must be the higher of:
(i) At least two percent, or
(ii) a level that ensures that the funds retained are no less than one-half of the total amount appropriated to the public employment relations commission during the previous fiscal biennium.
(b) The amount retained by state agencies under this section must be deposited to the personnel service fund under RCW 41.06.270 and used for costs of the public employee relations commission.


EFFECT OF 1ST SUBSTITUTE:
-Changes the retaining of amounts collected to a fee that is calculated based on the total amount remitted to a labor organization.
-Specifies that the amount of the fee is not subject to collective bargaining.
-Clarifies that all public employers other than state agencies may impose the fee.
-Provides that a public employer other than a state agency that imposes a fee may withhold payment from the amounts collected if the fee is not paid within 60 days of assessment and that if payment is not received within 60 days three times in a 12 month period the employer may stop collecting on the organizations behalf for one year.
-Clarifies that state agencies must assess the fee at the rate established by OFM.
-Provides that if a labor organization fails to pay the fee after 60 days of the fee being assessed the agency must withhold payment and if a labor organization fails to make payment within 60 days three times in a 12 month period a state agency must stop collecting on the organization's behalf for one year.
Makes the bill take effect immediately and declares an emergency.
-Provides that if any part of the bill is found invalid or in violation of federal requirements the invalid or conflicting part of the bill is inoperative and other provisions remain in effect.
-Makes technical corrections to statutory reference and agency name

Hearing Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 -- 1:00 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5914&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)